We Are Anonymous (2010)

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How do people act when they are anonymous? Do we act the same as when we have an identity associated with ourselves? Some of us act the same like we would with an identity, some people tell their innermost thoughts, and others use their veil of anonymity as an opportunity to be rude and disrespectful.This exhibition displays the variety of ways we use the absence of identification through technology. Using the internet as a tool to speak anonymously has increased after voice and video has been successfully implemented into websites and programs. The theme of stepping away from who we are in the real world and perhaps creating another persona ties into the whole idea of self-identity in Second Life and making an avatar that reflects a side of ourselves that we may not want show in the outside world because it is considered taboo, or we are ashamed of showing such a side. "One Free Minute" gives people the opportunity to call a toll free number anonymously and say whatever it is that's on their minds. Some of the recordings have been broadcasted in public spaces. It is important to note that some people in the voice recordings state that they feel they are not able to express their feelings to anyone else. "Time Spent Alone" shows three main thoughts that David Wicks has decided to display. The thoughts are interactive, and the most interesting one is the "I think of the places I want to go," where not only can the viewer add their destination and reason, but also they can see what other people have chosen their locations of desire, and why they want to go to that destination. In "No Fun" Franco Mattes fakes his suicide and records the reactions of numerous random people on the chat room Chatroulette. Viewers of this piece wonder whether the random people would have reacted differently if they had known the identity of the person, or if the chat room was not anonymous based. "Hello World!" shows that internet technology has given us the opportunity to record our thoughts and display it for the whole world to see. The only problem is there is not technology for people to view and listen to all of these speakers. Many of the people who record themselves only do so under an alias, and may or may not want to be heard by thousands of people. While some people record their feelings, other people create another character that does not have the same personality they do in the real world. "I-Pledge.org" is a website that encourages visitors to reinterpret the Predge of Allegiance. Once a visitor saves their reinterpretation, it is shared in the website so that other visitors can see. The option of just leaving your first name makes visitors feel like they have a lot of freedom in what they write.

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